In last leg of poll campaign, candidates rely on roadshows

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Apr 26, 2014 21:50 IST

In what may be called a clear change of strategy to avoid difficulty of organising big rallies or close vigil by the election commission on large public meetings, the candidates from all major political parties are now banking on roadshows to woo voters in the last leg of the Lok Sabha polls.

While during the previous parliamentary elections, the campaign would end with mega shows of strength in the form of a rally, now the candidates are possibly thinking of it as wastage of time and rather prefer to put show of strength in local pockets with road shows on motorcycles or marching afoot.

In the Jalandhar Lok Sabha segment, SAD-BJP candidate Pawan Kumar Tinu, Congress nominee Chaudhary Santokh Singh, BSP's Sukhwinder Kotli and AAP's Jyoti Maan, after having organised big rallies have decided to hold roadshows with two days left for the campaign culmination. The campaign will come to an end at 5 pm on April 28.

Congress candidate Chaudhary has planned to conduct three huge roadshows in the city and five in the rural belt in next two days.

Even as the Congress candidate was given the option of a big rally by a national leader but the campaign managers decided otherwise.

Similarly, Tinu will showcase his strength by organising five roadshows in Adampur, Kartarpur and city assembly segments.

One such roadshow was successfully held by Tinu in Jalandhar Cantonment with Gen (retired) VK Singh flagging off the motorcyclists.

Initially, Tinu had planned a mega rally to be addressed by SAD chief Sukhbir Badal on April 28.

"In rallies, you bring all your supporters and waste your energy and time for two or three days to make it a success. Road shows ensure local participation and if successful leave better impression on voters as compared to rallies," said Virender Sharma, key strategist of Congress candidate Chaudhary and member of Congress campaign committee for Punjab.

The AAP has also preferred roadshows across the the country during its campaign and the BSP is also holding one on April 28 in Jalandhar city.

"Beside other factors, organising a big rally is full of risks. Since wheat harvesting has started in Punjab, it would be difficult for people to participate in rallies in large numbers," SAD leader Monty Sehgal said.

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